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I recently had a radiofrequency ablation done on C2/C3/C4 that resulted in nerve damage. My doctor said that it's extremely rare when this happens but it could have been a result from all of the scar tissue in my neck from my two previous surgeries. I have severe nerve pain that radiates up along the side of my head and down into my traps. He just started me on Gabapentin (300mg/3x/day), Percocet (10/325/3x/day), Robaxin (1000mg/3x/day) and Trazadone (50mg) for sleep. The Gabapentin makes me feel a little foggy and slow mentally, and has decreased my appetite, it is better than what Lyrica does to me though. I was wondering from anyone else who has taken Gabapentin, if the side effects decrease with time as you get used to the medication. My doctor hasn't talked about doing anything else, I don't even know if there is anything else that could be done at this point. Speaking from your own experiences, does anyone know what else could be done?
I am 31 years old and concerned about experiencing all of this pain and needing so much medication to just get through the day. I am worried about keeping my job, I work with developmentally disabled individuals, primarily on the autism spectrum. I love my job so much, it's my true passion in life but it is very physically demanding. I am nervous about all of the life changes that I am going to have to make in order to keep my pain somewhat at bay. I feel very alone, although I have an incredible amount of support from my husband, family and friends. I feel bad for my husband, it is very hard on him seeing me suffer.
This is all very new to me and I am struggling to accept it all. Please share your experiences dealing with chronic pain and what you have done to improve your quality of life. I welcome any advice! Thank you to all who read and share!
~Strength and healing to all!